This is definitely a device which will make your life easier.

The Inogen One G2 is a portable oxygen concentrator that provides up to 5 litres per minute on-demand oxygen. This is possible because of its up to 8 hours of battery life (with double battery installed & on setting 1).

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It restores your freedom. You are able to use it in a car and on most airlines. So take it away for a weekend trip or long journey you’d never thought you would be able to make. You only go home when you want, not because you’re running out of oxygen.

It’s sound level is as a normal conversation (based on setting 2) and is lower than 37 dbA. It sits discreetly at your feet, next to your bed or behind a chair. It is also light enough (3.2 Kg.) to carry over your shoulder. Day or night, all your oxygen needs can be met with this Portable Oxygen Concentrator. Furthermore is it very easy to operate with just a couple of buttons.

This is definitely a device which will make your life easier.

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Price shown for Inogen One G2-Single Battery
Inogen One G2-Double Battery- € 4,100

Extras:
12 Cell Battery – € 550
24 Cell Battery – € 880

Ltr. per minute
Weight
Battery life
Ventilator use
Recharge time
< 6 Ltr. p/m – PULSE
3.2 kg
8 hrs. battery life with battery on setting 1
No
approx. 3-6 hrs., depending on battery size

LifeChoice ActivOx provides oxygen up to a unbelievable 15 hours of battery operation time

the LifeChoice ActivOx provides oxygen up to a unbelievable 15 hours of battery operation time.

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The LifeChoice ActivOx is the latest lightweight portable oxygen concentrator OxygenWorldwide has added to its range. Its predecessor, the LifeChoice has been a success worldwide. This new portable oxygen concentrator offers the ultimate alternative to cylinders due to its up to 15 hours of battery operation time. Beside that this POC is lighter than the LifeChoice weighing only 2.2 Kg. It is capable of providing medical oxygen up to an equivalent of 3 litres per minute on pulse flow.

Sleep Mode feature
Possibly the only POC with a unique sleep mode feature, the LifeChoice ActivOx enables medical oxygen users to use the machine at night. The very sensitive sleep mode senses every ‘puff’ of breath the patient inhales working in accordance with the breathing pattern to make sure the patient remains fully saturated.

This portable oxygen concentrator delivers medical oxygen to the user in a different way to other POC’s. The technology used is called PulseWave ™ which means that every time a patient breathes in, a ‘puff’ of oxygen is delivered much slower and more synchronised with the actual breath. This new technology eliminates the hiss sound from nasal cannula too.

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Extras:
External battery – € 770Package:
Lifechoice ActivOx package
(incl. External battery) – € 3,520
Ltr. per minute
Weight
Battery life
Ventilator use
Recharge time
< 3 Ltr. p/m – PULSE, Incl. SLEEPING MODE
2.2 kg
> 15 hrs. battery life with battery on setting one
No
approx. 4 hrs.

AirSep Freestyle

The very popular AirSep Freestyle has been prescribed for most medical oxygen patients. It is the second lightest concentrator OxygenWorldwide can offer. It provides 3 litres of pulse flow oxygen and only weighs 2.0 kg. and is ideal for a oxygen holiday.

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This small portable oxygen concentrator is as small as for example binocular case. Being so small it improves independence. Beside the size and weight the AirSep Freestyle is a very versatile portable oxygen concentrator.

In combination with the ‘AirBelt’, as we named the supplementary battery belt can, this portable concentrator provides up to 10 hours of uninterrupted medical oxygen. The internal battery of the Freestyle can be charged using a normal powerpoint or in-car charger. Beside the fashionable design and exceptional battery life it has an easy to use interface which will give you the confidence you are looking for.

Extras:

Battery belt – € 660

Package:
Freestyle package (incl. Battery belt) – € 3,300
Ltr. per minute < 3 Ltr. p/m – PULSE
Weight 2 kg
Battery life 5+ hrs. battery life with battery belt
Ventilator use No
Recharge time approx. 3 hrs

More details here

Buying Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Currently this portable oxygen concentrator, the AirSep Focus, is the smallest in the world. The reason why we think this is your ultimate travel companion is, beside the size, its weight (0.8 kg.) This portable concentrator provides an equivalent of 2 litres per minute of medical oxygen on pluse flow and does therefore caters for most medIcal oxygen users.

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The AirSep Focus enables oxygen users to be free from the confines of their home and go on holidays or just for everyday use.
2 micro batteries included

Extras:
Micro Battery – € 330

Ltr. per minute < 2 Ltr. p/m – PULSE
Weight 0.8 kg
Battery life 3+ hrs. battery life
Ventilator use No
Recharge 3+ hrs. battery life
approx. 4 hrs., micro batteries are charged externally

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Going on holiday with a respiratory condition

Holiday tips
• Plan in advance: if you leave things to the last minute, you could forget something crucial. Think about how far you can walk, how many stairs you can manage, access to toilets and what transport you can use.
• Be realistic: places you liked in the past may not be suitable now. Pick something you and your carer can cope with physically.
• Shop around: different companies have different policies for people with lung conditions, so find the best deal for you. Many travel agents offer holidays for people with special requirements.
• Ask questions: travel firms are used to dealing with special requirements. They should be able to answer all of your queries and concerns.

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Holidays in the UK
How do I choose my accommodation?
Tourism for All’s National Accessible Accommodation Standard assesses all types of accommodation, including self-catering, for accessibility. It puts accommodation into four mobility categories:
• Category One – suitable for people able to climb a flight of stairs that have extra fittings to aid balance.
• Category Two – suitable for someone who needs a wheelchair some of the time but can manage a maximum of three steps.
• Category Three – suitable for people who depend on a wheelchair but who can transfer unaided to and from the wheelchair in a seated position.
• Category Four – suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair and needs help from a carer or a mechanical hoist to transfer to and from the wheelchair.

 

Holidays abroad
Many people with a lung condition think they can’t go abroad, but this isn’t true. As in the UK, packages differ, so shop around. Always check with your doctor or health care professional to make sure you are well enough to travel before deciding where to go, and always plan your arrangements in advance.

How do I get there?

Ferry
Many ferry companies have lifts, toilets and other facilities accessible to people with disabilities. They can offer priority loading and special parking to vehicles with disabled passengers.

Trains
Eurostar trains have been designed to cater for passengers with special needs. Some coaches have wheelchair access and allow oxygen containers on board. If you’re travelling further afield in Europe, contact the relevant European train company for its policy on travelling with oxygen.

Car
Make sure the car you are travelling in has been checked and/or serviced before you travel. Check whether your insurance company requires a green card – a document that makes it easier for vehicles to move freely across foreign borders. In the UK, Blue Badges allow drivers of passengers with severe mobility problems to park close to where they need to go. The UK has agreed informal parking arrangements with other European Union (EU) countries, so you may be able to use the Blue Badge abroad. You can find out more at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/
disabledpeople/motoringandtransport/dg_4001061.

Holidaying abroad with oxygen

If you need oxygen for use throughout your holiday, you will need to make arrangements for the oxygen to be provided before you travel.
If you are travelling outside of Europe, you will need to contact an oxygen company that supplies the country you will be visiting.
Some travellers have found that hiring a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is an alternative to arranging oxygen supplies for the majority of their holiday. However you may still need to consider arranging a back-up supply of oxygen for emergencies. If you are travelling by plane,
you should bear in mind that different airlines have different policies for using and carrying oxygen and medical devices such as POCs on board. Always check with the airline you are travelling with before you book.

 

 

health warning in UK for air pollution

The government has issued health warnings due to high levels of air pollution spreading across England this week.

The pollution is a mix of local and European emissions and dust from the Sahara desert, and is affecting parts of southern England, the Midlands and East Anglia.

The elderly and those with lung or heart disease are urged to avoid strenuous exercise outside.

British Lung Foundation honorary medical adviser Dr Keith Prowse spoke today about the implications of high levels of pollution for people with lung disease.

“Air pollution can have the greatest impact on people with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, worsening symptoms such as coughing and breathlessness. The dust from the Sahara that we are seeing at the moment are worsening many local air pollution levels.

“When levels of air pollution are high, people with these conditions, or anyone else who finds themselves coughing or wheezing in times of high pollution, should avoid strenuous exercise outdoors and are better off trying to exercise away from pollution hotspots, such as busy roads or during rush hour.

“People who use a reliever inhaler should make sure that they carry it with them. If they feel that their conditions are worsening then they should contact their GPs.”

This is supposed to only last a few days but was high risk for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.